The GOP needs to own what happened in Virginia and North Carolina. They need to point the finger where it needs to be pointed.
Donald Trump. Donald Trump’s Tweets. Donald Trump’s disconnect from American voters. Donald Trump’s inability to do “The Art of The Deal.” Donald Trump’s take no prisoner attitude. Donald Trump’s failure to effectively do the job he was elected to do.
Instead, the GOP is making excuses continuing the pattern of hiding its head in the sand.
WASHINGTON — Trumpism took a beating.
Now, President Donald Trump, former White House strategist Steve Bannon and their allies are racing to rescue it from the ashes of Republican Ed Gillespie's resounding defeat in Tuesday's Virginia gubernatorial election and GOP losses in dozens of down-ballot contests across several states.
They contend that Virginia voters spurned a consummate Washington insider — not the president's brand of politics — even though a massive turnout surge in Democratic strongholds suggests there was little Gillespie could have done to overcome the anti-Trump wave.
"Republican Swamp Thing Gillespie Rejected," Bannon's Breitbart News declared in a headline.
Gillespie "did not embrace me or what I stand for," Trump tweeted from Asia.
The rush to destroy Gillespie — who borrowed some tactics from Trump but kept his distance from the president — points to an escalating fight within the party over whether candidates are better off courting Trump and his loyal base or keeping them at arm's length.
After Gillespie failed to strike a balance between the two, he took criticism for it.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) November 8, 2017. NBC
If this pattern continues, the Democrats won’t need a message. People will run from the GOP and its leader, Donald Trump, to find an alternative…